And he directly accused Republicans of stealing the 2000 election for President Bush in a contest that was finally settled by the U.S. Supreme Court, giving the president a 537-vote victory.
"What can you do to prevent them from stealing the election again?" Kerry asked a crowd of hundreds at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center in Hollywood, his first stop in a three-city Florida campaign swing Monday.
"We're going to pre-check it; we're going to have the legal team in place," said Kerry, who expected to easily win today's Florida presidential primary. "We're going to take injunctions where necessary ahead of time. We'll pre-challenge if necessary."
Andrew Cline in the National Review writes:
Instead of correcting the man's terminology, Kerry left it unchallenged and responded, "We're going to pre-check it, we're going to have the legal team in place.... We're going to take injunctions where necessary ahead of time. We'll pre-challenge if necessary."
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Last December Kerry told Florida Democrats, "Florida is the place where America's democracy was wounded." He also said, "We had more votes; we won! None of us are going to forget."
Apparently Kerry (along with most Democrats) forgot that USA Today, the Miami Herald, the Tampa Tribune, the Bradenton Herald, Florida Today, the Tallahassee Democrat, the News-Press of Fort Myers, the Pensacola News Journal, Knight-Ridder newspapers, and the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago (hired by the Washington Post, the New York Times, and several other newspapers) all reviewed the Florida election results of 2000, and found that not only did Bush win the ballots that were officially counted, but he also won after counting every ballot cast.
When questioned about his claim that Al Gore "had more votes" and won the election, and presented with evidence that demonstrates the contrary, Kerry said,
Okay, I made up that last part. But it sounds about right, doesn't it?